Illinois has suffered from a shortage of mathematics teachers for the last eight years.

Source: Designated Teacher Shortage Areas, Illinois State Board of Education 

Excellent Prospects

Employment prospects are excellent for math educators in light of the critical shortage of qualified math teachers nationally. The bachelor's program at GSU prepares you for a career as a math educator with the subject matter expertise and pedagogical skill to make you knowledgeable and effective. 

Outstanding Preparation

The sequence of coursework is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and leads to an initial secondary licensure in Mathematics. You can also earn an endorsement that prepares you for teaching in middle school. 

To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching certificate, you must present evidence of having passed the Basic Skills, Subject-Matter Knowledge, and Assessment of Professional Teaching examinations of the Illinois Certification Testing System. 

You must also meet other requirements for certification through approved programs listed in the teacher education and certification section of the GSU catalog. To be recommended by Governors State University, students must apply for licensure within one year of completing the program.

Program Fact Sheet

Required Preparation

Teacher Licensure

This program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and is intended to lead to the Initial Secondary Licensure qualifying students to teach mathematics. Students who major in Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Education may obtain licensure that prepares them for teaching in the middle school. Students wishing to pursue this endorsement must take three hours in the psychology of early adolescent development and three hours in curriculum instruction and methods related to the middle school. Students should contact their academic advisor for specific course numbers. 

To be recommended for an Illinois State Board of Education teaching certificate, the student must present evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency, Subject- Matter Knowledge, and Assessment of Professional Teaching examinations of the Illinois Certification Testing System. Students must meet other requirements for certification through approved programs listed in the Licensure of Teachers and Other School Professionals section in this catalog. 

Admission to Mathematics Teacher Education

In addition to meeting all university admission requirements for undergraduate students, applicants must meet the following requirements to continue in the program:

  1. have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher in all lower division courses applied to the degree program;
  2. submit a word-processed essay not to exceed 300 words explaining why the applicant wishes to be a teacher;
  3. submit evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency of the Illinois Certification Testing System;
  4. submit scores from the ETS Proficiency Profile;
  5. complete EDUC2310 ( or equivalent) with a grade of "B" or better; and
  6. Attend Secondary Education Orientation. 

All candidates for Illinois teacher certification at Governors State University are required to submit to an Adam Walsh fingerprint-based criminal background check by Accurate Biometrics prior to their initial field experience in the schools. For more information on this testing and available test sites, please visit accuratebiometrics.com. Consult with your advisor for information concerning the related GSU policies and procedures. 

Student Progress

The faculty monitors and evaluates candidate progress continually. The section, Teacher Education and Certification, in this catalog provides a general description of the standards used to evaluate candidate progress. A more detailed statement of the standards and processes followed by the secondary education faculty is available in the Secondary Education Undergraduate Student Handbook. 

Admission to Student Teaching

Candidates must apply for admission to student teaching before enrolling in EDUC4999: Student Teaching. An application for admission to student teaching must be submitted to the director of Field Experiences in the Division of Education. The application must be submitted by November 30 for the following fall term and January 31 for the following spring term. Student teaching is not offered in the summer term. This application for student teaching will certify that the candidate applying has or will have met the following requirements: 

  1. completed at least 48 hours of general education requirements with a G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher;
  2. completed professional education course requirements, except student teaching, including a minimum of 100 clock-hours of field experience with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of "C" or better in each course, and EDUC 4360 and EDUC 4437 with a grade of "B" or better;
  3. must have completed methods courses no more than two years prior to the commencement of student teaching;
  4. have no more than six hours remaining to be completed in the major in which the student is enrolled with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher and completed all courses with a grade of "C" or better;
  5. met all state requirements applicable to the subject matter area(s) in which the student will teach as outlined in Section IX, Staff Qualifications of the Illinois State Board of Education publication, Minimum Requirements for State Certificates;
  6. submit evidence of having passed the Mathematics con- tent area exam of the Illinois Certification Testing System; and
  7. received a positive recommendation from the Secondary Education Student Progress Committee

Student Handbook

Please see the Student Handbook in Secondary Education for additional information.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Candidates must meet all university requirements for a bachelor's degree; and, in addition, must complete the General Education Requirement for Teacher Licensure, Initial Secondary Certificate listed below. Completion of this requirement meets the general education requirement.

In addition, candidates must:

  1. have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher;
  2. earn a grade of "C" or better in all general education courses;
  3. have a G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher for all general education courses;
  4. have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in math and statistics courses with a grade of "C" or better in each course;
  5. have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher for EDCP3101, EDUC4440 and SPED4100, with a grade of "C" or better in each course;
  6. earn a grade of "B" or better in EDUC3320, EDUC4360 and EDUC4437;
  7. earn a grade of "B" or better in EDUC4999;
  8. complete a minimum of 100 clock-hours of supervised pre-student teaching experiences;
  9. provide evidence of successful completion of the Illinois and U.S. Constitution examinations;
  10. complete at least one three-hour course in non-Western or Third World cultures;
  11. complete the following course work with a grade of "C" or better: 12 hours of calculus, eight hours of university physics with laboratory;
  12. show evidence of having passed the Assessment of Professional Teaching;
  13. meet any additional requirements listed in the Teacher Licensure section of this catalog; and
  14. receive a positive recommendation from the Secondary Education Student Progress Committee.
I.  General Education Requirements for Teacher Licensure, Initial Secondary Certificate, Mathematics (41 Hours) 

The following courses can be taken at either the lower-division or upper-division level and must include at least one three-hour course in non-western or Third World cultures:

Written Communication (6)

Oral Communication (3)

American History (3)

U.S. Government (3)

Humanities (6)

Fine Arts (3)

Introduction to Psychology (3)

Health (2)

MATH 3290  Calculus I (4)

General Biology with Lab (4)

University Physics with Lab (4) 

II.  Required Courses (78 Hours) 

The following courses can be taken at either the lower-division or upper-division level: (36 Hours)

EDUC 2310  Foundations of Education (3)

MATH 3137   Discrete Mathematics (3)

MATH 3229  Calculus II (4)

MATH 3259  Calculus III (4)

MATH 3271  Differential Equations (3)

MATH 3449  Linear Algebra (3)

MATH 4337  Euclidean & Non-Euclidean Geometry (3)

MATH 4451  Modern Algebra (3)

PHYS 3143   Intermediate Physics II (3)

PHYS 3144   Intermediate Physics II Laboratory (1)

SPED 4100   Survey of Students w Exceptionalities (3)

STAT 4219    Statistical Methods (3) 

The following courses must be taken at the upper-division level: (42 Hours)

EDCP  3101  Intro to Educational Technology (3)

EDUC 4360   Principles of Secondary Math Ed (3)

EDUC 4437   Teaching Secondary School Math (3)

EDUC  4440  Educational Psychology in Action (3)

EDUC 4999   Student Teaching: Secondary Math (12)

MATH 4133   Number Theory (3)

MATH 4171   History of Mathematics (3)

MATH 4241   Analysis I: Real Variables (3)

MATH 4243   Analysis II: Complex variables (3)

MATH 4457   Introduction to Probability (3)

MATH 4637   Mathematics Laboratory (3) 

III.  Electives (1 Hour)
 
IV.   Total - 120 Hours

 

Graduation Requirements

Candidates must meet all university requirements for a bachelor's degree; and, in addition, must complete the General Education Requirement for Teacher Licensure, Initial Secondary Certificate listed below. Completion of this requirement meets the general education requirement.

In addition, candidates must:

  1. have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher;
  2. earn a grade of "C" or better in all general education courses;
  3. have a G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher for all general education courses;
  4. have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in math and statistics courses with a grade of "C" or better in each course;
  5. have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher for EDCP3101, EDUC4440, and SPED4100, with a grade of "C" or better in each course;
  6. earn a grade of "B" or better in EDUC3320, EDUC4360 and EDUC4437;
  7. earn a grade of "B" or better in EDUC4999;
  8. complete a minimum of 100 clock-hours of supervised pre-student teaching experiences;
  9. provide evidence of successful completion of the Illinois and U.S. Constitution examinations;
  10. complete at least one three-hour course in non-Western or Third World cultures;
  11. complete the following course work with a grade of "C" or better: 12 hours of calculus, eight hours of university physics with laboratory;
  12. show evidence of having passed the Assessment of Professional Teaching;
  13. meet any additional requirements listed in the Teacher Licensure section of this catalog; and
  14. receive a positive recommendation from the Secondary Education Student Progress Committee.

Advisor Information

Dr. Dianna Galante
Academic Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Mathematics